We got back from our family vacation in Costa Rica two nights ago and I can still recall the sounds of our time at Casa Bambu's house closest to the water, Linda: the sound of the waves so vibrant they seemed as though they were right in our room; the now easily-recognisable call of the Scarlet McCaws in the almond tree just outside the porch; the distant roar of the howler monkeys waking us every morning; the rustle of who knows what under the house; the cicadas never-ending chirps ..... and the surprised shrieks of our kiddos as they discovered some sort of flying beetle or fly or insect or bug a little closer to them than they expected!
The house was perfect. Simple. Amazing quality stove to cook on and for a solar-powered house, suprizingly effective means to keep food cool and ice cold enough to chip off of a block ... at least for a few days! Plan trips to Puerto Jiminez every three days or so if you want ice in your drinks! I like to to cook and my littlest kiddos are not too adventurous eaters, so we didn't use the "iron chefs" to prepare our meals, but they were awfully nice and I am certain that their food would have been delicious. We bought mahi mahi and HUGE shrimp from a couple of different local fisherman who showed up with it for sale on two separate times. Great quantity and quality at a very low price.
William was great. Always smiling and friendly. We don't speak much more than long-ago high-school Spanish, but communicated just fine. Go on the waterfall hike with him. Despite the maps, we could not have found it on our own and it was incredible to stand beneath it and jump from under its spray into the refreshingly cool water. No mosquitos anywhere. At least at this time of year.
A highlight was a horseback ride with Miguel Sanchez at Rio Piro. William knows him and can help set it up. I had read about Miguel on someone's blog and was determined to find him ... he is a authentic local Costa Rican character. Barefoot as I had been told. Ride with him through a river, through the rainforest, to a deserted beach that is simply stunning. You can gallup on the beach if you want. Or not. Then explore the tidal pools and massive crashing waves. 'Twas perfect.
Another highlight: The boat tour. I have never seen so many dolphins in my life. Hundreds. Literally hundreds!!!!!
We decided not to hike in Corcovado afterall. The walking on the beach in the oppressive heat and hiking in the park for house with our kids (ages 10 and 12) seemed just too much. The beach walk is HOT, HOT, HOT. And no swimming there to cool off because of the ferocious rip tides. We saw ample wildlife right where we were ... I think the only thing we missed out on was the Tapir. Oh well.
We loved walking from our beach over to Backwash Bay. Our beach was beautiful, and it was so fun to talk with the locals who often came to fish in the afternoons, but we loved the walk through the rainforest, through the next beach, through the rainforest again and over to Backwash Bay. We found a fantastic rock to jump off of at high tide and the waves were absolutely perfect for boogie boarding. A pair of Scarlet McCaws also had a nest overhead which was a site to see!!!
Lyn was great with her communication and instructions and maps. A big thanks. We also met some incredible other families who were staying in the other houses. We were too timid and inexperienced to try the kayaking, but those who did it loved it and especially loved having the kayaks readily available. And free. We preferred the boogie boards. There is now wi-fii ... a blessing or a curse? It might have been nice to have really un-plugged, but the kids enjoyed having it available!
We loved every minute!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On a secluded five acres of pristine rainforest beachfront in one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth, this unique resort lets you escape civilization while safely and comfortably enjoying countless natural wonders. The property fronts on Playa Pan Dulce, famous for it's long right point surf break, an SUP surfers dream break. Located in the same vast rainforest as Corcovado Park, Casa Bambu Resort is on the tip of the Osa Peninsula, where the rainforest meets the sea. After visiting our house, Lonely Planet recommends Casa Bambu Resort as a place to visit. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Casa Bambu Resort Hotel Osa Peninsula
- Casa Bambu Hotel
- Hotel Casa Bambu